Racial Diversity In The Dominican Republic

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Race is a very complex human designed social structure that was originally classified by color. In many places around the world, including the United States, race is still primarily defined by color, and it is easy to determine somebody’s race very quickly. However, this is not the case around the world. In certain places within Central America, South America, and the Caribbean, race is not so easily defined. Having a deep history of racial diversity and assimilation through the colonization of these countries, there are many different races, and many different people identify with races that one would not immediately think they would fall under. It is because of this complexity that it requires a deeper understanding of the cultures in order…show more content…
As many different people have come to the Dominican Republic through colonization and the slave trade, there is no distinct races in the country. As race is a social construct, each person is entitled to be of whatever race their culture sees them as, regardless of color. The Dominican Republic was also influenced racially by the colonization by Europe, much like Nicaragua. The slave trade brought many Africans to the area and also caused much mixture amongst the races. The Spanish brought much diversity to the land as well as the mixture of people of Spanish blood and the native Amerindian people of the Dominican Republic. The people of the Dominican Republic do not identify with certain racial constructs like we do here in the United States. This is extremely evident in those who originated in the Dominican Republic and have moved to the United States. “Second generation Dominican high school students in Providence, Rhode Island do not identity their race in terms of black or white, but rather in terms of ethnolinguistic identity, as Dominican/Spanish/Hispanic” (Bailey 677). In the Dominican Republic, skin color is not as prevalent for determining racial identity, but language is. Language is a large part of racial identity as language shows origin, for the most part. Creoles do not identify as African, as they speak English, so they claim that they…show more content…
First, Brazil is more fluid than both countries when it comes to racial identity. Second, Brazil is not primarily mixed with Spanish decent, but Portuguese. These differences cause the racial identity make-up of the country to be extremely different from many places. Brazil does not look at race as a “choose one” system. Race is not the same in Brazil as we know it here in the United States. “Lacking such rigid essentialism and leaning always towards fluidity, ambiguity, and the blurring of racial boundaries, Brazilians, as it is asserted, have neither the ideological conviction nor the stable target necessary to create and maintain consistently racialized patterns of oppression” (Sheriff 30). Brazil is seen by the Portuguese as a young country that lacks the proper cultural values that make it European (Margolis, Lecture). Perhaps it is this youth that allows them to avoid traditional racial

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